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Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center

Last updated Jul. 18, 2014 - 9:32 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Park
  • $1,500,000
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • Clearscapes
  • Kimley-Horn
  • SUD
  • Centurion Construction Company, Inc. (Contractor)

Current Activity

On Wednesday, June 18 the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department’s Historical Resources and Museum Program dedicated the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is now open to the public.

For more information, contact

Douglas Porter, Director

Brynn Hoffman, Assistant Director

Summary

The originally proposed building program included a vestibule, lobby, reception area, open floor exhibit space to accommodate wall display and moveable modular cases, gift shop, multipurpose room, offices, library/archive, break room, restrooms, storage and accessory spaces.

The property at 1101 Wake Forest Road consists of nearly half an acre of land and a 4,700 sf house that was constructed in 1920's. The existing house will be renovated to accommodate a revised building program.

Images

Cedar Street Elevation of the Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
October 2010 - February 2012Master Plan Amendment
October 2010Master plan amendment kick-off, programming, analysis, alternative site concepts:
November 2010Public meeting
January 2011Raleigh Historic District Commission Review
April 2011Raleigh Historic District Commission review and Certificate of Appropriateness approval
June 2011Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board review and public meeting
January 19, 2012Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board Update
February 2, 2012Public input meeting to review the proposed revised location
February 16, 2012Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board review and comment on the proposed revised location
February 21, 2012City Council approval of new location
July 12, 2012Public input meeting to review schematic design
July 19, 2012Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board review
Spring 2012 - Fall 2012Design Development and Construction Documents
2012-2013Bidding and Construction

History

Mordecai Historic Park is located at One Mimosa Street, near downtown Raleigh in the historic Mordecai neighborhood. It offers unique structural and site features of historical significance such as the Mordecai House dated to the 1700's. The 1989 adopted master plan for the park recommends a 5,500+/- square-foot visitor center to be used for interpretive displays, offices, and educational programs. The original building design was intended to keep with the historical context and architectural character of the surrounding area.

Construction of a new interpretive center on the historic park site would have required an amendment to the original master plan. However, after an extensive public participation process on the master plan amendment, City Council approved the location and purchase of 1101 Wake Forest Road to serve as the new interpretive center. The new site and building are located outside of the existing park site and therefore no master plan amendment is required.

On August 7, 2012, City Council approved the schematic concept and design approach for the Mordecai Historic Park Interpretive Center project, and authorized staff to proceed to construction documents and bidding contingent upon variance approval by the Board of Adjustment.

On August 13, 2012, the Board of Adjustment approved the Parking and Transitional Protective Yard variances.

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